Published Aug 13, 2017 06:00pm

'That was the tastiest salan of my life': Partition survivor recalls relief upon reaching Pakistan

"...And that was the tastiest bread and salan of my life."
"...And that was the tastiest bread and salan of my life."

Food was a luxury for people travelling back and forth during Partition - and after their long and strenuous journeys, all they wanted was something to satiate their hunger.

One partition survivor Mohammad Moin recalls his journey from India to Pakistan and the first roti and salan he had once his train reached Lahore.

"I went down and saw somebody distributing roti and salan. I was the first to rush and secure a bread and salan," he recollects.

"...And that was the tastiest bread and salan of my life."

Moin also remembers the tiresome journey during which three boagies of their train were attacked and looted. "But those people who lost their lives, nobody knows how many. Nobody knows. They say it was three big compartments."


This article is part of a week-long series on Partition and the early years of Pakistan, run collaboratively by Images and The Citizens Archive of Pakistan (CAP).

CAP is a non-profit organization dedicated to cultural and historic preservation. It seeks to educate the community, foster an awareness of our nation’s history and instill pride in Pakistani citizens about their heritage.

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